7 Habits of Responsible People for a Healthier and Happier Life
Last week’s post about being selfish to transform into a better person I explained how practicing habits of self-responsibility can help you reach your fitness goals. Whatever you’re looking to achieve can only be accomplished if you take ownership of your life, responsibility for your decisions and make choices every day that will take you closer to those goals.
In today’s article, I will dig into 7 Habits of Highly Responsible People you can start practicing to become that better self you always wanted to be: leaner, fitter, stronger and more capable.
1. Stop Making Excuses
I bet you met with a wall of excuses every now and then when trying to make plans with friends and family and nothing you suggested seemed to work due to a variety of reasons they came up with. I am almost certain you’ve used excuses at least once before. It’s no different with fitness goals.
That last slice of cake every week or “just this last drink today” or “I will be good and stick to the plan from tomorrow” are all excuses that hold people back in achieving their fat loss goals. Once you decide to take back control and responsibility of your own life and prioritise your goal, you will be able to stick to your plan and say “no” to commitments that can set you back.
2. Become more organized
Many people admit that they don’t seem to be organized enough to follow a nutrition routine, schedule workouts in advance or set time aside to plan their meals. I say that’s just another excuse and if you really want to get organized, you find solutions that help you with that.
Buy a weekly planner, use your phone’s calendar or a note app, stick post-it notes to your mirror for reminders or use your fridge and the magnets to keep your plan in sight. The opportunities are endless, find what helps you the most and use it.
3. Be on time and cancel ahead when things don’t work out
Everybody has got the same share of time within a day and is precious. By showing up on time and cancelling plans as soon as you realise you can’t make them, you will become a responsible person. It will also show that you respect all parties involved and will create respect towards you in others. Trust is one of the best assets one can have.
4. Stop Complaining
Once you decided to take ownership of your decisions and make things happen you will realise that complaining is pointless. If the complain is about something you can control, stop wasting time talking about it and change it. On the other hand, if it’s something beyond your control, find ways to live with it or leave it.
Example: You keep being late from your morning session due to busy traffic every time. Solution: leave 15 minutes earlier and make sure you get there or choose a session at different time of the day.
5. Be consistent
Many people fail to get results on their fitness journey because they can’t sustain their new lifestyle habits. When something is too restrictive, you won’t be able to maintain it for too long. At the first difficulty in life you’ll go back to your old habits and binge. Instead, choose a plan that’s built around your lifestyle and needs and create habits that you are happy to practice for the rest of your life.
The Synergy Fitness Studio plans are all built around personal needs and unique fitness goals to help you build your new habits that last a lifetime.
6. Learn from your mistakes
Nobody is perfect and everybody makes mistakes. How you handle these make all the difference. Admitting you made one will not position you as a failure, rather as a human. Without admitting your mistakes, you can’t fix them or learn from them. Like when you have that extra slice of cake. Trying to hide it will make you feel worse, whilst if you own it and decide it wasn’t worth it would help you prevent it from happening next time.
7. Be accountable
There will always be days when you are going to be less motivated to put the hard work in. Having someone keeping you accountable can help you through those days, may that be a friend, a family member or a trainer. However, the most powerful version of accountability is when you have the self-discipline to keep yourself on top of your game and create buffers to keep you going. These can be motivational messages on the mirror you use in the morning, little reminders in your calendar or scheduled check-ins with your coach.
There you have it, 7 habits of responsible people who respect themselves enough to prioritise lifestyle choices according to their fitness goals. Responsibility is not something you born with, it’s a skill that can be learnt, practiced and developed over time, if you want to enjoy its benefits. Give these habits a go for a month or even just a week and see what happens.